Supreme Court Justice S. Bernard Goodwyn and Court of Appeals Judge LeRoy F. Millette Jr. won’t have a break in service after all.
Their appointments by Gov. Timothy M. Kaine would have expired tonight in the absence of action by the General Assembly, and they became the pawns in an assertion of institutional clout by Republicans in the House of Delegates described in a post on Monday and in more detail today by Jeff E. Schapiro in the Richmond Times-Dispatch.
Just how much horse trading went on wasn’t clear immediately, but Goodwyn and Millette were elected this afternoon by a unanimous vote in both houses.
It all seems a little silly, especially when the Republicans acknowledged all along that Goodwyn and Millette were excellent choices for their respective positions.